Signs of the Times

[From the Wall Street Journal, New York, New York]

Peace and good will throughout the Western Hemisphere was the keynote of President Coolidge's address at Havana. Whatsoever one nation would have others do unto it, that should it also do unto them. This, in effect, was what he told his hearers when he referred to the international spirit that finds its best expression in the Golden Rule. That is law at its best. It is a rule that calls upon men to walk in the ways of God and deal justly with all their fellows. Through it comes the fullest individual freedom and liberty. It promotes the greatest human progress, and assures the fullest measure of human happiness. Applied to the intercourse between nations it means peace and friendship, a greater degree of national progress and economic prosperity. ... All the different nations have equal rights, but it must not be forgotten that there cannot be equal rights without correspondingly equal obligations. If every one of the different republics represented at the conference will be careful to observe its obligations towards its neighbors there will be no question of the rights of others. Only then will they be sure of peace, progress, and prosperity. The way to this is laid down in the observance of that Golden Rule.

April 14, 1928

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